A report that disclosed Missouri lost more jobs in 2002 than any other state is being used by House Republicans to push their agenda. The U.S. Labor Department report is pointed to by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce as a reason for the Legislature to act quickly to address concerns that lead to job losses. Republicans, who hold the majority in the House, say their package of business-friendly bills will improve the business climate in Missouri. Chief among them is workers’ compensation reform. Representative Kevin Wilson of Neosho hopes the Senate shows his bill the same kindness as the House. He says workers comp has been abused and must be reformed. Republicans claim the current workers comp system must be revised to retain and attract business to Missouri. They also want to relax the regulatory burden on small businesses and change the climate for civil lawsuits, including medical malpractice.
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